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The Gamay Noir vines at the Barsotti and Witters vineyards in El Dorado are maturing, and we feel the wine we are making from these two sites is getting better every year. The high elevation, decomposed granite soils and impeccable farming by the Mansfield family create a magic combination for this variety.
Pouring a glowing orange/copper color, Funkier Pumpkin leaps from the glass with a rich, pumpkin spice aroma punctuated by funky, forest floor notes from the brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain known for imparting unique flavors and aromas. With an effervescent mouthfeel thanks to spritzy carbonation, the flavor of Funkier Pumpkin features a balanced array of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. No single spice dominates before giving way to a slight pumpkin flavor that transitions into pleasant, refreshing tartness; a slight warming finish from the cinnamon and ABV and a touch of toasty, toffee-like sweetness from caramel malt. Funkier Pumpkin will be available exclusively in 750 mL bottles.
ABV - 8.5% IBU - 15
Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum is the latest addition to St. Lucia Distiller’s portfolio of world class rums. The rum contains local spices and fruits including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut, all spice, lemon and orange. We have also added Richeria Grandis – known locally as “Bois Bande” – a bark renowned in the Caribbean as a potent aphrodisiac to give an added kick to the rum.
These spices and fruits are added to rums distilled in copper alembic pot and continuous stills that are then aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels to give a complex and balanced spice rum. We have found Chairman’s Reserve Spice benefits from a combination of steeping certain spices and Bois Bande in the rum for up to a year while the other ingredients are added during the blending process. In this way we can bring out the flavour of the spices and fruits while preserving the complexity and harmony of the underlying rum.
Beautifully bold and bright in color, the 2013 Les Cadrans de Lassegue is robust, complex, and well-balanced. Aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries, and a subtle woody note immediately emerge from the glass. The wine is smooth on entry, with a palate dominated by red fruits. Alongside the persistent flavor of red fruits, a striking minerality shines through from the old vines of Lassegue. A pleasurable wine that can be enjoyed young.
Blend: 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Southern Wine and Spirits
- Color – Very deep, it tells of the excellent quality of the grapes.
- Perfume – Balsamic, typical of the main grape variety in the blend.
- Taste – Round, pervasive, with sweet tannins, perfeclty balanced. Complex, long, yet not overpowering.
- Food pairing suggestions – From appetizers like cold cuts, to steamy pasta dishes in meat sauces. Not to be forgotten, the pairing with seasoned cheese, stewed meats and dry chocolate biscuits.
63% at cask strength bottles NCF
This was a collaboration between Chris from Westport Wine & Whiskey in Louisville and Joshua from PlumpJack Wine & Spirits.
This brandy was aged for 2 years in a Woodford cask then another 2 years in Oloroso sherry cask.
It has a symphony of flavors across a spectrum of flavor profiles. Dried rasins and almond marzipan flavors from the Oloroso sherry cask meld effortlessly with the burnt sugar and spice notes from the bourbon barrel on the finish.
Gilles Gaudron's Vouvray Brut 'Blanc de Chenin' is made by the Traditional Method (the same method used to make Champagne) using 20 year old vines planted on limestone-clay soils. With its crisp acidity, complex, biscuity character and fine, persistent bubbles, this sparkling Chenin Blanc would make a great alternative to Champagne.
Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is a superb wine, selected from the finest production of what was a spectacular year. Whereas Vintage Port spends two years in casks and then matures in bottle, LBV is matured in seasoned oak and then bottled at between four and six years of age; hence the term, ‘late bottled’. Its ageing process encourages the wine’s development, and as such, at the time of bottling it is ready to drink without the need for decanting. Produced in the style of Graham’s great Vintage Ports, Graham’s 2012 LBV has a near opaque purple color with vibrant aromas of blackberry and dark cherry as well as hints of freshly picked mint. Full-bodied with brambly fruit flavors, this wine shows Graham’s signature complexity and elegance in perfect balance.
Graham’s 2012 LBV can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like mature Cheddar or even a goat’s cheese.
For generations, the Bundschus have grown amazing quality Chardonnay and it appears the world has noticed since we can't seem to make enough anymore. The 2016 embodies our signature restrained style: fruit and texture in balance with bright acidity. Fresh lemon, citrus blossom, and green apple aromas with a hint of brioche precede a lush palate of white nectarines, honeydew melon, and citrus zest vibrating with minerally acidity that carries into a surprisingly creamy finish.
Scotch Ale brewed in the style of the Wee Heavy or Strong Scotch Ale. Malt forward with flavors of toffee and caramel. A hint of smoke from special cherry smoked malt and a deep rich soul warming finish. It will “Turn On Your Lovelight” for sure…
Bright acidity lends a crisp freshness to the flavors of peach, passionfruit, and lemongrass, artfully balanced by a touch of freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime. Juicy and refreshing, with aromas of jasmine, peach, and grapefruit rind. Medium-bodied, with a lingering finish.
"Grapefruit, lime and lemon zest flavors are crisp and elegant, with a pretty note of chamomile on the finish. Drink now."-Wine Spectator
This Northern Italian white emerges from the basaltic lava soil of the old pergola vineyards from the eastern side of Monte Foscarino, the oldest white wine area in Northern Italy. A respectful, modern reinterpretation of the thousands of years of traditions of the Soave Classico, based on the delicate Garganega grape which is only capable of being produced from this region’s volcanic earth, this medium-bodied wine offers an intensely brilliant and rich golden straw-yellow colour, while its signature very well may be its complex flavours benefiting from minimally intrusive winemaking process and fermentation in used barriques.
Its tempting, lifted nose sweetly foreshadows the experience of honey, liquorice and hints of spice that proceed to dance on the palate with delectable aromas of the field flowers from the local region. These main notes are softly complemented by a savoury, mineral mix of stone fruit and citrus. This intermingling of complexly woven tastes enhances the medium-full, creamy palate which is balanced by a sophisticated and slightly dense consistency, oak tannins and a lively acidity. It’s lingering, dry finish ends with a delicate hint of sweet almond.
This 100% Garganega grape wine produces an exceptional Suave is full of character, which is best complemented by polenta, fish, poultry or spicy food.
Food Match: foie gras, desserts.
The first vintage of Joseph Swan Pinot Noir was 1973 and was produced with consultation from the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff who was a friend of Joe Swan's. At its core is cherry and red apple with hints of spice and a touch of bramble. In the mouth, it bursts with juicy fruit, balanced by 25% new oak. Long, rich and balanced finish. Like all the Cuvee de Trois blends, the emphasis is on a wine that drinks well upon release but is also capable of rewarding some cellaring.